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 The unwelcome necessity



Aspects of the Prophetic Office

The unwelcome necessity - The Burden
Lars Widerberg

The distinguishing feature of the prophetic dimension is its passion for quality. A prophet’s pursuit is wholly dedicated to the laying hold of perfection. The prophetic voice is at all times raised in favour of truth. Excellence is the sole goal and superior target when a prophet addresses the congregation. He has somehow been able to and allowed to look into Heaven and therefore he cannot but be praying for Heaven to arrive as a transforming factor in man’s affairs. The prophetic dimension is the realm of heavenly qualities and it holds motivational dynamics powerful enough to thrust men into paths of the Presence.
Prophets follow hard after the Lord. Quality, the scent of the personal presence of the Lord lies at the core of anything prophetic. The prophetic pursuit of mastering the art of worship moves into focus as the reason for existence. Quality, holiness and worship, is the essence of a life at the foot of the Cross.
The prophet is the bringer of Heaven. His role consists of inducing and planting quality. He establishes and examines quality. His addresses concern the condition of the people. The prophet defines their position and discerns the source of their living and behaving. He analyses tendencies and trends, he speaks up during times of apostasy. He cannot hold his breath watching ungodly practices. In short, he has become a man of responsibility - anchored in reality. To him Heaven is real. Heaven is a practical reality, involving spiritual and moral quality.


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2. God spoke, Jeremiah listened. God gave a picture, Jeremiah watched. There, a rod of an almond tree. Then, a word play - you saw a rod, you have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it; Jer 1:11-12. A prophet will learn to look at things from God’s point of view. His pictures and words become prophetically simple, but always and above all - anchored in reality. The words of the Lord are practical, having solid implications. Generalities, meaning hundreds of things to hundreds of people, does not belong to the prophetic realm. God is relevant - he is never religious. God is relevant - his words forebode performance.

True prophets appear in times of apostasy. Prophets of quality move in when the people are moving away from the ideal laid down once and for all in the Book. The prophetic mind develops into its finest and most rare expressions during times of apostasy. A Jeremiah is born for and prepared for the babylonic confrontation. A man who is prepared to watch and to cry will appear. The burden-bearer will be made ready. A man who won’t give in will always be found in times of apostasy. Such a man is made able to see - see reality. He sees God’s intervention coming. His burden is something very real, indeed tangible. He relates to reality, speaks reality, speaks quality.
God’s personal performance is directly related to words and visions. God expects his presence and performance to be taken seriously as a word has been released from a prophet’s mouth. The burden develops, a prophet’s heart is increasingly troubled as he sees the unwillingness of the people to adjust to reality.
Heaven is not the liberty and prosperity promised by vanity prophets. Heaven is modest quality as is displayed in the beatitudes. At rest, blessed are those who are poor in spirit… Blessed are those who mourns…The vanity prophet never carries this prophetic mark as his vision for himself and for the people is to flee from hardship at any cost. The words of a vanity prophet never carry the quality of presence and fulfilment Bring the gift of prophecy to test, bring the prophets to be judged. Most of their words will be classified as wanting quality.


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3. The prophet is a man of the Book. Comparison, correspondence, and conformity are his words. Not one dot or iota would be found missing. No single thing will be found nonessential or unfulfilled. Not one thing should be allowed to be diverging from the ideal. His lifetime occupation is to became fully mastered by the Book. His desire is to read it and to understand how the prophecies of old are to be applied in this present day.
Two major elements open for the burden of the Lord - revelation and investigation. Revelation - a soul in anguish, Jer 4:19. Sent on the road with a word. Running, but cannot run away from the task. The burden will move and also carry the prophet. Those who carry a vision will never travel far from the point of beginning. Those who allow themselves to be carried by a vision will reach the goal, mission accomplished.


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4. A vision of the ideal, of Heaven, transforms into a burden, into the unwelcome burden when it begins to - almost demandingly - occupy every aspect of your life. You are not your own, 1 Cor 6:19. The split mind, the doublemindedness of a prophet manifest thus: Must stay with it; Must try to get away from it - Jer 9:1-2. Prophetic stickability manifests thus: Must cry over my people, the love of the Lord is an ever present, compelling force, a fire burning within. Yet, it is getting too hot, getting to narrow.
Jonah ran off, only to have a strange encounter with the burden that carries a prophet on to final fulfilment of the words planted. Amos was brought out of his favourite occupation to become an excellent political commentator, obviously not liking his new role - Am 7:14. Elijah ran off and away from the Jezebelic confrontation. And while on the move in the wrong direction - a decision based on his own analysis - he was served refreshing meals by angels. - We would have decided that we were perfectly right, based on the fact of the graceful angelic visitation. And we would have added to our error and folly by taking down the story in a colourful manuscript, describing the meal and the appearance of the servant in minute detail, for the sake of making a few more bucks. Elijah found grace in the sound of the gentle wind, brought back to reality by mere silence.


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"For I am full of words; the Spirit within me compels me. Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; it is ready to burst like new wineskins. I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer. Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone; nor let me flatter any man. For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away." Job 32:18-22

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5. The burden of the Lord is planted in men’s hearts for the benefit of those who are defenceless, and mistreated. The burden is nothing but the willingness to go between, to act on behalf of the ones who hurt , to come to the assistance of those who are crushed - Isa 58:6-8. Prophets work with reality. His tools are facts. His tools are minds girded for action. His tools are hearts burning for righteousness. Prophets are practical men in the field of religion as well as in the area of culture and social science.
His main area of investigation comprises the everyday ”how to’s” concerning the ten commandments. The main question runs as follows: How to build a society, a fellowship ready to serve the poor and needy spiritually as well as in every manner possible physically and socially? God is relevant. He co-operates with men who are ready and willing to become burdened. God does not operate flows and winds of impersonal change. Prophecy tells you how to act and to relate. Prophecy never pacifies. It raises expectations, it motivates and it makes you ready to participate in God’s work. Prophecy makes you think and act.


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6. The sign of the Presence is fruit, not power. We may expect miracles - as well as counterfeit miracles. But, we must set our minds and hearts to the displaying of fruit of the fellowship with the Spirit. The enemy does not produce christlikeness. The antichrist is anti and against fruit. The enemy is never against the spectacular and self-produced, but he heartily dislikes a character moulded at the foot of the Cross. Fruit, likeness and identity bring identification, a burden and co-operation.
The prophet has handed himself over to the Word and to the ministry of intercession. A prophet has made himself available to the Word to explain and to expound itself. Investigation brings revelation. Revelation forces investigation and explanation. The Word has to become internalised, eat the scroll. The Word externalises itself through intercession. Bowls full of intercession and incense brings thunder and lightning, Rev 5:8.


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7. The greater and larger part of the work of a prophet is his occupation with the transforming Word and its application, the minor part is the public part -speaking to people. A vanity prophet never gives out a word from the Lord, simply because he never gave himself to the Word. He may speak perfectly in line with what the Book teaches, but what he says is not from the Lord.
Prophets become men of revelation because they follow hard after the Lord and hand themselves over to the Word. Prophets never sounds like parrots. Prophets are men of quality. A prophet is one of its kind, never copying, never to be copied. He is comfortable being alone, like Michaiah - 2 Chron 18. Sometimes he is horribly lonely like Elijah.


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8. Spiritual and moral quality establishes the framework and sets the limits of true prophecy. The identity of the source of a prophetic word becomes the sole target for testing and probing. A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough, 1Cor 5:6. The enemy preaches well. The spirits prophesies with great fervour and inspiration. What sounds good and edifying may spring from a bitter source - seduction and counterfeit.
Ecstasy and manifestations are not valid parameters for testing. Presence - the presence of the Lord - guarantees quality. The prophetic word divides the soulish from the spiritual. Flesh operating prophetically produces divination and brings spiritism into the Church - Jer 14:14, Gal 5:20.


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9. The prophetic word is a motivational force, it becomes a burden unto quality in practical kingdom expressions. The prophet is a man of precise words and wording. He finds himself developing a language that properly and prudently mirrors the presence of Heaven.
A burden from the Lord may be compared to a consuming fire, Jer 20:9. It drives home every single point in the message by heavy punches, Jer 23:29. It holds the compelling force of something otherworldly. It goes far beyond the ordinary. But, watch, beware, God may not present. God is not the source just because of the extraordinary, the sensational. ”For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man's own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God.” - Jer 23:36.


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